Articles by John Loftus

Philly Realtors’ group pushing to restart lien sales

Cherry Hill does it. Newark does it. But Philly doesn’t — sell lien certificates on the tens of thousands of properties whose owners have failed to pay their annual real-estate taxes.


Bustleton Civic officers unopposed

This year’s election of Greater Bustleton Civic League executive officers pretty much will be a formality later in May.


Violent ‘home invasion’ shocks Castor Gardens neighborhood

Police say a 74-year-old woman was killed and her husband was beaten early this morning in their second-floor apartment in the 6700 block of Castor Avenue. A man has been taken into custody for questioning. Neighbors say the couple, known as Lew and Judy, often strolled around the streets together in the morning.


OPA tells us how it figured out reassessments

The Office of Property Assessment late last week posted on its website the methodology it used to arrive at the property values recently mailed to homeowners.


A little muscle, a lot of heart

Port Richmond’s John Newman will recieve his Eagle Scout medal on May 11. To earn the honor, he pulled invasive Japanese knotweed plants from Lorimer Park in Montgomery County.


Many concerns voiced at NE budget hearing

City Council members were asked for more money for libraries, more dollars for union workers, more cash for health care and more cops to patrol the Northeast during a well-attended neighborhood budget hearing Monday night at Lincoln High School.


Bustleton Civic officers unopposed

This year’s election of Greater Bustleton Civic League executive officers pretty much will be a formality later in May.


Playtime upgrade

It looks like the little playground at Verree Road and Tustin Street just got erased.


Arrest made in sexual assault case

Police have arrested a Northeast man on charges he assaulted a 63-year-old woman in her Rhawnhurst apartment.


Sentencing postponed in molestation case

The sentencing of a priest and a former Catholic schoolteacher, who were convicted of molesting a Northeast altar boy, has been postponed until June 12, the district attorney’s office announced.